Christopher specialises in chancery/commercial, real property and professional negligence work. He has a busy court practice ranging from frequent appearances at trials and interlocutory applications in the TCC, Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions to contested multi-track trials and applications in District Registries/ County Courts; and before the Property Chamber. He also has a growing domestic and international arbitration practice. Much of Christopher’s work is advisory – both in writing and in conference. As well as preparing pleadings and other court documents, Christopher is also regularly involved in non-contentious drafting. He routinely appears at mediations/round table conferences and frequently works as part of multi-disciplinary teams and with experts. He is instructed by a large range of solicitors from city firms to regional High Street firms and from large companies to individuals. He is qualified to accept direct access from the public and is willing to consider work on a CFA basis.
Christopher is regularly instructed in chancery disputes and is experienced in the administration of estates, equitable claims (both personal and proprietary), Inheritance Act actions, probate, trusts and wills.
Christopher has appeared in a range of construction and engineering disputes over the years and is skilled in digesting technical and expert evidence. Examples of recent work include a defence to a quantum meruit claim in Oxford District Registry, now compromised, which raised issues as to valuation in the light of the principle of “subjective devaluation” discussed in Benedetti v Sawiris and a defence of an architectural consultant in a multi-party TCC negligence claim, compromised at mediation. He is conversant with the procedures in the TCC and is a member of TECBAR.
Regular provider of CPD-accredited talks and contributor to Chambers’ newsletters. Past topics have included the role of experts; rent reviews; preferences/transactions at an under-value; guarantees; the Community Infrastructure Levy and claims against financial advisers after Rubenstein.
Contributor to “Pleading in Arbitration: A Practitioner’s Guide” (2nd edition) (Walker QC and Clark) published by Sweet and Maxwell, 2017
Some French, Italian and Russian.
Music; opera; theatre; cricket; chess; travel.
Registered name: Christopher Mann
VAT number: 757158600